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Ex-Soldier Serving Life for Teen's '82 Murder Seeks DNA Test

by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher .
Monday Sep 9, 2019
In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 photo, Hawaii Innocence Project co-director Kenneth Lawson, left, explains the case of a former U.S. soldier convicted of a 1982 murder, while University of Hawaii law student Alanna Wade looks through the legal file in Honolulu
In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 photo, Hawaii Innocence Project co-director Kenneth Lawson, left, explains the case of a former U.S. soldier convicted of a 1982 murder, while University of Hawaii law student Alanna Wade looks through the legal file in Honolulu  (Source:AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

A former U.S. soldier has been imprisoned for nearly 40 years for the attempted rape and murder of an Army officer's teenage son, who was found dead in a bunker at a Hawaii base.

The Hawaii Innocence Project says Clifford Hubbard didn't commit those crimes and is asking a judge to order DNA testing, which wasn't available at the time. In a motion filed Friday, his lawyers say there's no direct evidence linking Hubbard to the 1982 suffocation of 14-year-old Derek Kusumoto.

The motion says military prosecutors relied on a strand of hair and a soldier, who changed his statement six times, then went AWOL before Hubbard's trial.

Innocence project co-director Kenneth Lawson says the motion took years to complete because they can only communicate with Hubbard via mail.

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AP investigative researcher Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.

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